He Reigns

November 4th, the day after the election here in the US, I drove to work. I noticed that the sun was still rising like it normally does. The laws of physics, like gravity, were also still functioning like normal. And the atoms and particles of the universe were still holding together, so Colossians 1:17 and Hebrews 2:10 were still true, which meant the rest of Scripture is also still true, like Psalm 97:1, acknowledging God’s reign over everything all the time.
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Happy Reformation Day

503 years ago today, Martin Luther published his 95 theses that led to the Reformation. Also today—and for weeks leading up to today—people decorate their houses with spooky things and kids go trick-or-treating for candy around the neighborhood. Our family finds the former to be more worthy of celebration than the latter, so we started our own tradition several years ago to infuse meaning into the day. Here is how we celebrate Reformation Day.
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Being Productive with Technology

As I mentioned in the introduction to the series, technology is not inherently bad. One area in which it shines is productivity. The key is to make technology work for you, instead of being a slave to it. To spend your time wisely, I recommend at least three pieces of software everyone should have: A calendar, a todo list, and a place to store content and documents. I will go over each in turn.

Is He Worthy of My Pain?

In Revelation 5, we find that Jesus is the one who is worthy to open the scroll with the seven seals, based on his work of redemption, prompting the multitudes of heaven to praise him in song: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Andrew Peterson’s “Is He Worthy” is based on this passage. All this came to mind when I was trying to deal with some strong and lingering pain last month.
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Fall Sabbatical Review

For most of September, I took time off from writing to recharge. I intended to get away for a bit with my wife and family and enjoy fall. In some ways, that was successful; in other ways, it was not. But I do look forward to writing again! Here is a short report.
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Fall Sabbatical

Just a short announcement that I will take some time off from writing to recharge. Articles will resume on 10 October 2020. I am planning on spending some time camping in my hammock, hitting our local trails with the fam, and overall just enjoying the cooler weather here in New Mexico. Thanks for reading, and see you again soon!

Trusting God in Times of Plenty

One of our missionaries preached a few weeks ago on Isaiah 55. In his sermon, he noted that King Ahaz, during whose reign Isaiah was prophesying, trusted Assyria instead of God to deliver Judah, contrary to the call of the passage to come to God instead. God calls us to trust him no matter our circumstance, so I was wondering how we apply this today, when many of us have refrigerators full of food and healthy retirement accounts. How do we trust God in times of plenty?
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Staring into the Sun

Solar eclipses are fascinating! The moon is at just the right place that it can completely cover the body of the sun while keeping the sun’s corona visible. Every time we approach a solar eclipse, we hear the warning: Do not look into the sun, you will go blind! What we know intuitively when the sun is fully exposed, we need to be reminded of when it is not: it is powerful! So powerful that I cannot look at it for longer than a moment without being blinded for minutes. So bright that I cannot hope to make out any detail in the sun by looking at it. The same is true for some passages of Scripture: They shine so brightly that it seems like I will burn out my eyes before I am able to see them in all their splendor.
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Book Review: Up From Slavery

Based on Darrell’s recommendation on the 100th episode of the Just Thinking Podcast, I bought a copy of “Up from Slavery”, Booker T. Washington’s autobiography. I just finished the book and want to share a few things that stood out to me.
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Leading My Family

My wife and I recently went for a hike in our beautiful mountains. We enjoy being out in nature. Walking in the cool of the day amidst pine trees, breathing the fresh air, taking in the stunning views, chatting about what we love most and least about each other—there isn’t much that can compete. Although this particular hike ended up being a bit more challenging than we expected, it still fulfilled its purpose, at least in part: Give her and me a chance to talk about life, marriage, and parenting. Our hikes have become a major component of how I lead our family.
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